a native of Antwerp, studied piano with Eugène Traey, organ with Flor Peeters, harpsichord with Kenneth Gilbert, singing with Lucie Frateur, and conducting with Daniel Sternefeld. In 1973 he won the first Paris Harpsichord Competition. He is self-taught in the disciplines of organology, rhetoric and the historic piano. He has held teaching positions at the Scola Cantorum in Basel, the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique in Paris. Master Classes in Europe, America, and Japan. In 1987 he founded Anima Eterna. The group gradually became a symphony orchestra, playing on historical instruments. With this orchestra he recorded 40 records: Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Johann Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Borodin. New projects: Ravel, Debussy, De Falla, the complete Beethoven-Symphonies (Zig-Zag Territoires). Immerseel has appeared as guest conductor with the Berlin Akademie für Alte Musik, the Wiener Akademie, Tafelmusik Toronto and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. He maintains a unique collection of historical keyboard instruments, which he plays in concert. Chamber music partners are Midori Seiler (violin), Claire Chevallier (fortepiano) and Anne Galowich (harpsichord). Jos van Immerseel has made over 100 recordings (Accent, Channel Classics, Sony, Zig-Zag Territoires).
was born in Lyon (France) and studied in Nancy, Strasbourg, Paris and Brussels. She was awarded a First Price for piano and chamber music at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and decided since to work on historical instruments. Since 1995 she became scholarly involved in research on Erard fortepianos. In 1996 she played Mozart on the fortepiano with the orchestra Anima Eterna in London, Brussels, Dresden, Antwerp and Copenhague. She performs the repertoire for two pianos with Jos van Immerseel and is recognized as a specialist for tuning historical fortepianos. Since 2004 she teaches the fortepiano at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.
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Born in 1947 in the North of England, Christopher Clarke graduated Bsc (Soc. Sci) from Edinburgh University. In 1970 he received a grant from the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung which enabled him to train at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg. This event confirmed his vocation as a keyboard instrument restorer. Between 1971 and 1973, he held the post of Assistant Curator at the Russell Collection of Harpsichords and Clavichords at St. Cecilia's Hall, in Edinburgh. In 1974, he joined the firm of Adlam Burnett at Finchcocks, in Kent, where he worked mainly on restorations. With this experience under his belt, in 1978 he set up on his own, as part of the 'Tempéraments Inégaux' workshop in Paris, where he built his first fortepiano copy. Since 1981, in his workshops in Burgundy, he has continued to build and restore keyboard instruments for musicians and major institutions throughout the world. He has enjoyed the honour of having many leading musicians play and record on his instruments, and is the recipient of numerous distinctions and prizes. He has in addition regularly given lectures and published papers, and gives courses and workshops throughout Europe.nder the supervision of Jos van Immerseel.
Has been performing throughout Europe, The United States of America and Japan on both historical and modern musical instruments and her interpretations always reflect a thorough understanding and deep respect for the specific qualities of every individual instrument.
Kris Verhelst studied organ with Chris Dubois at the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven and harpsichord with Jos Van Immerseel at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp.
During the past decade she has built up an international reputation both as a soloist and as a continuo player, performing and recording regularly with well-known ensembles such as the orchestras Anima Eterna, Les Muffatti and Collegium Vocale and chamber music ensembles such as More Maiorum, Oltremontano, La Sfera Armoniosa and Ricercar Consort. She recorded for the labels Passacaille, Accent, Ramée, Klara, Channel Classics, Mirare and EMR. During the past few years she is also increasingly active as a clavichord player.
Kris Verhelst teaches harpsichord and Basso Continuo at the Lemmensinstituut, Leuven. She is regularly invited to give masterclasses and to lead workshops, such as the famous annual keyboard course of the Ruckersgenootschap at the Antwerp Vleeshuis Museum.
Born in Switzerland in 1952, where he completed his baccalaureate and studied organ at the Conservatoire of Chaux de Fond. In 1977 he studied harpsichord making in the workshop of Jean Tournay. Together with Christopher Clarke he started in Paris a workshop called "les Tempéraments Inégaux" in 1979. Between 1985 and 1986 he teaches tuning and regulating harpsichords at the "Centre des Métiers de la musique" in Mons. Since 1989 he has his own workshop in Boissy l'Aillerie and from 2001 on he teaches pianoforte and harpsichord tuning at the C.N.S.M. in Paris.